"This document was published prior to the publication of OSHA's final rule
on Ergonomics Program (29 CFR 1910.900, November 14, 2000), and therefore
does not necessarily address or reflect the provisions set forth in the
News Release USDL: 96-402
Wednesday, September 25, 1996
Contact: Frank Kane, (202) 219-8151
After Hours: (703) 360-7080
Training Institutue: HELEN BEALL, (847) 297-4810
OSHA Awards Almost $2.4 Million In Training Grants
To Nonprofit Groups For Improving Workplace Health And Safety
Agency Extends Existing Grants for Year
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
today announced $2,372,000 in extended training grants for 26
nonprofit groups to help employers and employees reduce workplace
injuries and illnesses.
The grants were initially awarded in fiscal years 1994 and
1995. Because of delayed appropriations this fiscal year, OSHA
decided to extend existing grants for an additional year rather
than conduct an open competition for new grantees.
The grantees will develop educational materials and provide
training on construction safety and health, ergonomics,
lockout/tagout, logging safety, prevention of lifting injuries in
medical care facilities, process safety management of highly
hazardous chemicals, and safety and health programs for small
"The education and training resulting from these grants will
continue to strengthen OSHA's partnership with employers and
employees in promoting safer and more healthy work environments,"
said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and
Health Joseph A. Dear. "These grants are targeted to help reduce
injuries and illnesses that result from hazards."
"It is significant that grants in two categories --
ergonomics and prevention of lifting injuries in medical care
facilities -- will assist employers and workers in continuing
their voluntary efforts to reduce injuries and illnesses caused
by ergonomic hazards," Dear added. "OSHA is determined to do as
much as possible to cope with ergonomic hazards -- one of the
biggest occupational safety and health problems today."
Recipients of OSHA grants have already achieved considerable
success in providing better workplace safety and health, Dear
noted. For example, the National Safety Council, which used OSHA
grants to conduct safety and health training for small businesses
for two years, surveyed past trainees. The results of the survey
showed that more than 80% of participants had implemented safety
and health program changes in their workplace as a result of the
training. Many of the participants had also conducted training
for their employees.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) developed a
training program addressing the prevention of back injuries in
nursing homes. Not only are the union and other OSHA grantees
using the program, but also OSHA is using parts of it in its
nursing home initiative announced on Aug. 8, 1996.
Grantees whose grants are being extended in FY 1996 are:
Construction Safety and Health
Chicagoland Construction Safety Council, Hillside, Ill.,
$135,000, to develop training on the effects of or hazards
of crystalline silica in the construction industry; one
program for workers and another for supervisors and
managers. Training will be given to construction workers at
risk for exposure to crystalline silica. About 500 people
in midwestern states will be trained.
Painters and Allied Trades Labor Management Cooperation
Fund, Washington, D.C., $132,590, to continue to deliver a
standardized 10-hour safety and health training program for
painters throughout the country. Training also will be
provided in fall protection and confined spaces. About 2,750
will be trained.
Communications Workers of America, Washington, D.C.,
$60,750, to continue a program of training trainers to
instruct video display operators about ergonomics awareness.
The grantee also will develop a videotape on video display
terminals and ergonomics. About 1,200 people nationwide
will be trained.
Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health,
Boston, Mass., $81,495, to continue its program of providing
three and four-hour ergonomics training sessions for workers
in a broad range of occupations and industries. Training
will be conducted in both English and Spanish and will be
provided for about 550 workers in New England.
SEIU Education and Support Fund, Washington, D.C., $76,184,
to continue to train trainers and workers in the prevention
of lifting injuries to nursing home workers. The grantee
will also translate its training program manual into
Spanish. About 700 people in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West
Virginia, and Wisconsin.
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Health and
Safety Fund of North America, Washington, D.C., $79,408, to
continue its ergonomics training for apprentices and
journeymen. It also will train additional trainers and
revise its ergonomics program for industrial carpenters.
About 1,530 people nationwide will be trained.
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union,
Washington, D.C., $67,648, to continue its training of
trainers in the recognition of ergonomic hazards in meat,
poultry and food processing plants. Following the training,
the trainers will assist their co-workers in identifying
ergonomic problems and talking to management about them.
About 260 people nationwide will be trained.
Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Workers, New
York, N.Y., $90,000, to continue training members of local
safety and health committees as local union discussion
leaders. The training covers a range of safety and health
topics, with emphasis on ergonomics. Following training,
the trainees conduct safety and health education sessions
for their locals. About 200 people nationwide will be
American Federation of State, County and Municipal
Employees, Washington, D.C., $135,883, to continue providing
lockout/tagout training to workers involved in the repair
and maintenance of machinery. The grantee also will develop
a safety and health handbook for sewer and wastewater
treatment plant workers and conduct a nationwide program on
trenching and excavation safety. About 700 state and local
government workers nationwide will be trained.
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash., $76,500, to
continue to conduct seminars on OSHA's logging standard,
provide on-site training for loggers, assist logging firms
in implementing safety and health programs, and train
loggers to conduct safety training at logging sites. About
920 people in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and
western Montana will be trained.
Lumberjack Resource Conservation and Development Council,
Tomahawk, Wis., $104,000, to continue, working through the
Forest Industry Safety Training Alliance, to conduct in-woods
safety training, on-site mechanized equipment and
truck driver training, and short training sessions for
employers on ergonomics. The grantee will also conduct
sessions for employers on the OSHA logging standard. About
3,310 people in Wisconsin and neighboring states will be
West Virginia University Research Corp., Morgantown, W.Va.,
$138,254, to continue to provide on-site assistance in the
identification and correction of hazards in small logging
companies. The grantee also provides worker safety and
health training at logging sites and specialized training in
chainsaw and skidder safety. About 1,190 people in New
York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia will be trained.
Prevention of Lifting Injuries in Medical Care Facilities.
Healthcare Educational and Research Fund, Albany, N.Y.,
$94,500, to continue to provide a two-day train-the-trainer
program addressing ergonomics and back injuries. The
training is directed toward professionals who have safety
and health responsibilities in health care facilities.
About 200 people in New York State will be trained.
Mercy Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa, $34,109, to continue to
develop and work with ergonomic teams established as a
result of previous training. These teams work with fellow
employees to prevent lifting injuries. The program will be
expanded to additional medical facilities where staff will
be trained in ergonomic job-site analysis. About 340 people
in Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska will be trained.
New York State Public Employees Federation, Albany, N.Y.,
$67,500, to continue to provide training to workers in
psychiatric centers operated by the State of New York in the
prevention of back injuries. The program will be expanded
to cover workers from state facilities dealing with
developmentally disabled individuals. About 200 people in
New York State will be trained.
Toledo Hospital, Toledo, Ohio, $28,000, to develop a manual
on preventing back injuries and to provide training on
injury abatement. Training will be conducted at several
medical facilities. About 400 people in Toledo will be
United Food and Commercial Workers, Washington, D.C., $48,644,
to continue to train trainers employed by nursing homes to train
other workers in the prevention of back injuries. Many of the
trainers are safety committee members and safety stewards at their
worksites. A total of 236 workers nationwide will be trained.
University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles,
Calif., $89,996, to continue to provide training to workers
and managers in nursing homes using the training materials
developed by the SEIU Education and Training Fund, another
grantee. The university also assists nursing homes to
implement a comprehensive back injury prevention program.
About 920 people in California will be trained.
Process Safety Management
Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union,
Lakewood, Colo., $128,583, to continue to provide training
in the application of OSHA's standard for process safety
management of highly hazardous chemicals for union members
and their employers. The program will be expanded to cover
incident/accident investigation. About 730 people
nationwide will be trained.
Safety and Health Programs for Small Businesses
Alice Hamilton Occupational Health Center, Washington, D.C.,
$131,700, to continue to work with community leaders to
promote safety and health training among small businesses.
The grantee also conducts safety and health training for
small business employees and helps small businesses develop
a safety and health program for their establishments. About
635 people in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland,
Pennsylvania, and West Virginia will be trained.
Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kan., $50,000, to
continue to hold one-day workshops for small business
employees and employers on a variety of safety and health
topics. The college will also conduct safety assessments
that include assisting small businesses with their safety
and health programs. About 1,400 people in Kansas will be
International Union, UAW, Detroit, Mich., $121,500, to
continue to provide safety and health training to small
businesses where the union represents workers. The program
includes safety and health committees, ergonomics, workplace
hazards, and train-the-trainer training. About 495 people
nationwide will be trained.
Laborers-AGC Education and Training Fund, Pomfret Center,
Conn., $150,000 to develop a safety and health program
training course for small construction employers. The
course will be pilot-tested and then distributed to
interested parties such as unions and employer associations.
About 265 people nationwide will be trained.
National Safety Council, Itasca, Ill., $100,000, to continue
to expand the number of council chapters that are able to
deliver a two-day small business course developed under a
previous grant. About 350 people nationwide will be
West Texas Safety Training Center, Midland, Tex., $82,256,
to continue to conduct eight-hour training sessions on
safety and health for small businesses in English and in
Spanish. About 300 people in West Texas and New Mexico
will be trained.
York Area Labor-Management Council, York, Pa., $67,500, to
continue to provide an eight-hour training program for small
businesses in its area. The training is available in one,
two, or four sessions, enabling small businessmen to select
the one that best suits their schedule. About 165 people in
York County, Pennsylvania, will be trained.